Medical Certificates

FAR Section 61.23

Class 1 Medical Certificate:

A Pilot must hold a first-class medical certificate when exercising the privileges of an airline transport pilot certificate.

A first class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue, plus:

  • 6 calendar months for operations requiring a first-class medical certificate if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
  • 12 calendar months for operations requiring a first-class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination, or
  • 12 calendar months for operations requiring a second-class medical certificate, or
  • 24 calendar months for operations requiring a third-class medical certificate if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
  • 60 calendar months for operations requiring a third-class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination

Class 2 Medical Certificate:

A pilot must hold at least a second-class medical certificate when exercising the privileges of a commercial pilot certificate.

A second-class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue, plus:

  • 12 calendar months for operations requiring a second-class medical certificate, or
  • 24 calendar months for operations requiring a third-class medical certificate, if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
  • 60 calendar months for operations requiring a third-class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination

Class 3 Medial Certificate:

A pilot must hold a third-class medical certificate must hold at least a third-class medical certificate when exercising the privileges of a private pilot certificate or when exercising the privileges of a recreational pilot certificate except as specified in FAR Section 61.23.

A third-class medical certificate is valid for the remainder of the month of issue, plus:

  • 24 calendar months for operations requiring a third-class medical certificate, if the airman is age 40 or over on or before the date of the examination, or
  • 60 calendar months for operations requiring a third-class medical certificate if the airman has not reached age 40 on or before the date of examination

EKG Transmitted to the FAA

A person applying for first-class medical certification must demonstrate an absence of myocardial infarction and other clinically significant abnormality on an electrocardiographic examination:

  • At the first application after reaching the 35th birthday; and
  • On an annual basis after reaching the 40th Birthday.